Latest news / 10 July, 2019
Manchester Opera House has announced that renowned pantomime dame Eric Potts and musical theatre star Zoe George will be joining the cast of this year’s magical Manchester pantomime, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, alongside Craig Revel Horwood and Ben Nickless in the city’s must-see festive production from Friday 6 December.
Best-known for his role as Coronation Street’s eccentric baker Diggory Compton Eric Potts will star as Dame Nora Crumble. No stranger to pantomime Eric has appeared in and written numerous pantomimes over the last two decades, bringing his unique brand of comedy and showmanship, in an array of outrageous costumes to audiences’ delight. His television roles include Hollyoaks, Mount Pleasant, Casualty, Citizen Khan, Last of the Summer Wine, Emmerdale, My Spy Family, Peak Practice, Doctor Who and Still Game, and he regularly appears on stage across the UK in classical plays, revues and comedies.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs marks Eric’s return to the Opera House pantomime, having previously starred in Widow Twankey in Aladdin with Ashleigh Butler and Jodie Prenger in 2013 and as Sarah the Cook in Dick Whittington alongside Sherrie Hewson and John Thompson in 2016.
Joining him in the title role of Snow White will be musical theatre actress Zoe George. A regular on stages across the country and in the West End, Zoe’s stage credits include the roles of both Elphaba and Nessarose in the original UK, Ireland and International tour of the hit musical, Wicked, Martha in Spring Awakening for the Welsh National Theatre, Mali in the UK premiere of new musical Tiger Bay at the Wales Millennium Centre, and originated the role of Esmerelda in the world premiere of Lionel Bart’s musical Quasimodo in London. A regular in pantomime, Zoe has played numerous female leads for producers Qdos Entertainment opposite Flawless, Jimmy Osmond, Jaymi Hensley, Sheila Ferguson and Louie Spence.
Eric and Zoe will join Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood as the Wicked Stepmother and returning favourite funny man Ben Nickless as Snow White’s best friend, Muddles in a production packed full of fancy footwork, sensational song and dance and plenty of audience participation suitable for all the family.
Sheena Wrigley, Theatre Director for the Palace Theatre and Opera House, comments, “We’re thrilled to announce that Eric and Zoe are joining this year’s production and look forward to welcoming both to the Opera House this Christmas. Eric is a renowned pantomime dame and familiar face to our audiences having performed twice with us in recent years in comedy roles. We’re delighted that Zoe is coming to Manchester this year. She’ll bring some musical theatre magic to this year’s show with her stunning voice and extensive experience in the West End.”
With tickets selling fast, audiences shouldn’t leave it any longer to book their tickets for Manchester’s biggest festive family production, or they won’t be able to look themselves in the mirror